"And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And Jesus was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm."
A question that arises in the scripture above is “What moves Jesus Christ to action?” The scripture says, “a great storm of wind arose," meaning a loud howling boisterous windstorm began to build in its intensity. But right in the middle of it, Jesus was asleep. The driving wind began to slam large waves of water against the ship, but Jesus was still asleep at the back of the boat. The waves overwhelmed the boat to the place that it was full of water and the disciples, who were knowledgeable seamen, were fearfully fighting for their lives. They were about to go under and still Jesus Christ was fully asleep, lying on a pillow in the back of the ship. Nothing could wake Him, until…they cried out to Him for help.
Prayer moves God.
The greatest storm of their life did not bother Him, but their cries for help brought Him to his feet.
Two things to note:
1) Christ is always close. Jesus is not some far away entity, that is unreachable by our voices, and untouchable with our needs.
Psalm 139 1:10
“O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.”
2) He always cares.
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities”
In Psalms 8:3-5, David refers to Him this way:
“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that you art mindful of him? and the son of man, that you visitest him? For you hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.”
Think about when you and I look into the heavens and see what He has made both in its perfection and its function. Why would He care and even think about mankind? We are in disorder and disarray. We are far from perfection. The word says that we were shaped in iniquity and born in sin (Psalms 51:5). Yet He loves you and me. The God of Heaven loves us and hears us when we cry out to Him.
Today make your petitions known to God.
Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” Your hearts cry will move the heart of God.